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    December 26, 2012
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it. i didn't know i could make those many faces. >> she doesn't think it's for everyone's mom. >> if you had a couple of margaritas before you went, you may be more relaxed, but no. i would not recommend that. don't try this at home. don't. [ screams ] >> well, what else can i say? i think rosemary says it all. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer this morning on fir"first
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look," a nasty storm brings treacherous blizzard conditions south. president obama cuts his christmas vacation short for the fiscal cliff. and the longest high speed train. good morning. i'm richard lui. christmas was anything but merry for residents of the deep south. christmas packed a deadly punch. three residents are victims of the storm that hit four states as far south as texas. >> oh, wow, oh jr, look at that tornado. >> reporter: in mobile, alabama, a christmas surprise no one wished for right in this city center. it left lots of damage in its wa wake, blowing out first and second floor windows at the
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medical center and the roof at the high school. there are no deaths but tens of thousands are without electricity. it sent customers running for cover. >> he looked out the windows and said there is a tornado coming. i looked out, saw the debris flying around, got everybody and the customers an said, we need to run to the back and everybody huddle down. >> i probably hurt my baby grabbing her running for protection. there was no time. >> reporter: the twister was from a massive storm that stretched across the nation. earlier, a tornado touched down near mcneil, mississippi and sever people were hurt with minor injuries. and one destroyed a feed store and in texas, a driver was killed trying to remove another limb from the road and it caused
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a white christmas in the dallas area and in lubbock, texas looked like a winter wonderland. it could cause more problems later in the week as it moves east. birmingham, alabama. >> dillon will tell us where the storm is in a few minutes. stick around for that. lawmakers have one more day of vacation before returning to capitol hill tomorrow for one more day of solving the fiscal cliff before the new year. and president obama has cut his vacation one day short and heading back today. does it still look doable? >> there is hope for a deal but confidence in that grand bargain has already but disappeared. >> reporter: americans are already taking a hard look at their wallets as confidence in the fiscal cliff diminishes.
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>> i don't think there is a grand bargain but hope a deal will be cut. >> reporter: if congress doesn't change tax cuts in day, middle income earners will owe extra by the end of the year and they will cut back on auto industry, apparel and entertainment. >> once they cut back on that, that will be dramatic. >> reporter: retailers support 1 in 4 american jobs and if the downturn intensifies, those jobs are at risk. >> if retailers stop creating jobs, the economy as a whole stops creating jobs. >> reporter: the weight is excruciating for some and president obama left them $200 billion apart. >> the president was $200 billion higher on revenues and speaker boehner, $200 billion higher on spending cuts.
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>> if you get 80% of what you want, that's a pretty good day. >> reporter: tough decisions ahead, six days left. >> lawmakers will likely take on spending reform and tax cuts when the debate heats up. >> looks like they will be working over the new year. a note was left by a suspected shooter that killed two firefighters christmas eve in new york. more details on the person already convicted of murder. >> reporter: police say the christmas eve ambush of four volunteer firefighters happened as they fought a massive fire in new york was spilled out in typewritten detail. >> quote i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> reporter: authorities say 62-year-old william spangler, who served prison time killing
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his grandmother more than 30 years ago shot at first responders who arrived at his burning house, spreading this six other homes. >> we are being shot at multiple firing. i am shot. i think he's using an assault rifle. >> he was equipped to go to war to killed innocent people. >> reporter: the gunman was well fortified with a . .38 caliber handgun, 12 gauge shotgun and bushmaster, the same as in the connecticut shooting. two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized. spangler, police say, killed himself. they revealed human remains were found in spangler's burned house and authorities suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> motive is always the burning question and we will never know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of his 91-year-old mother in october and donation she made to the fire department could help
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explain the motive for his christmas eve shootings. former president w.h. bush remains in the hospital this morning where he spent christmas wes his wife, barbara bush as well as family members. the former first president suffered setbacks and why they could not release him as hoped to do originally. the former 88-year-old president was hospitalized for what was initially described as a bronchitis type cough. in the weeks since, he's become weak and developed a fever and cautiously are optimistic he will fully recover. as always, when we talk about tornadoes, they're surprising. >> yes. especially with the type of storm we're seeing because it is bringing blizzard conditions to other parts of the country. we're talking about reports of 19 tornadoes yesterday and that
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whole set of severe storms continue toe spread east today. you see the rotation through eastern tennessee, the area of low pressure, a big one, strong storm bringing significant snowfall to southern illinois and southern indiana. here's your chance of severe weather through southeastern georgia and will eventually move into the carolinas especially the coast where we would see more tornadoes develop today. heavy rain from western north carolina and to south carolina and into the albany-georgia area continues to spread eastward but we have heavy snow falling through northern indiana and will bring blizzard like conditions to portions of ohio, especially lakeshore of lake ontario as well. here's the best chance of seeing the tornadoes develop today. eastern north carolina and
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eastern south carolina and severe thunderstorms where we could get wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. we are looking for perhaps a foot of snow through ohio and northwestern pennsylvania and western new york state. on top of that, we could see wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour and blizzard conditions are felt through the great lakes region. >> good thing in terms of snow on the trees in many spots. >> that's a good point because snow on many trees and winds, we could be talking about more damage. that's not the case. >> holiday woes everywhere and instagram in legal troubles. plus, she's the face of weight watchers. now jessica simpson is about to put the pounds back on. we'll tell you why. hing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference.
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welcome back. some stories making news this morning. a bomb exploded at a major
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military base in afghanistan killing two afghans and the taliban. and a report the hawaii governor may appoint a new senator replacement for senator inouye, to insure hawaii's representation in fiscal cliff negotiations is there. having said to endorse colleen han ni hanny -- hanibusa. >> and ben affleck has taken his name off the list for senator and says while he loves politics, he will not be running for office. a bleak outlook for the coming year, a record low say they are hopeful and 56% say they are fearful. the miami heat grabbed the
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top spot in the eastern conference by surviving a battle with the oklahoma city thunder. lebron james and whamm chambers been inned for 51 points. and rihanna and chris brown are courtside as the lakes pick up a victory, kobe bryant serving 34, topping 30 points for the ninth straight game. get out of the way. numbers from the retailers are rolling in. so far not that great. holiday sales were up just .7% since last year, the slowest growth since 2008. even online shopping which posted double digit growth the past four years was up onl only .18%. and sur la table saw its biggest
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sales last saturday. a class action against instagram in response to last week's uproar over revised service terms that suggest user photos might be sold without consent. facebook vows to fight it vigorously. the tsa is testing a pilot program that lets average traveler keep their shoes on and leave liquids on their carry-on bags and the test you have to get past a bomb sniffing bag and agent especially trained to detect suspicious behavior. the world's longest running high speed train is off between beijing and qiang jo will take eight hours instead of 20. and in wake of the tragedy at newtown, now known as the 26
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acts movement, wand more about this from carl. >> reporter: it started with a simple idea posted to twitter. what if we could honor the 26 lives lost at sandy hook elementary with small acts of kindness, leaving a stranger an unexpected tweak or inspirational message or a way to keep warm. >> i've always made quilts. i thought, wouldn't it be nice to make quilt, one for each child. and then donate them. >> reporter: using the #26acts, people began sharing their kindness kin kindness on social media and it has become a massive wave reaching to the halls of congress. >> i think america was looking for ways to demonstrate their grief, caring, empathy. >> reporter: to the other side of the world. >> i thought, if this makes someone smile, that's a pretty
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good thing. >> reporter: as more and more people shared their good deeds online, they inspired others. teachers inspired their students. in rhode island, they are collecting food and books for underprivilege. >> they by far exceeded anything i could have expected. >> reporter: after giving hand warmers to her bus driver, stephanie challenged her co-workers to do something, too. now, the drivers at chicago's w hotel is sharing each of their acts of kindness on the company's facebook page. >> we have so many employees and so many people can do good things and hopefully people will pick up and pass it on. >> reporter: adding to an unexpected surge of good will. there's no telling how far it can gil can go. jessica simpson addressing pregnancy rumors. and super sized movie, why
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are these movies so long? straight ahead. msnbc.
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welcome back to "first look." christmas should be a day of joy and celebration and recent tragic events gave this year's holiday a deficit feeling. >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache. empty stockings hung as reminders of loss filled with
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gifts and police helps for time with their families. >> glad we can do it. >> a pleasure to help them out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, you couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area, still without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers tried to deliver holiday spirit, handing out food, toys and blankets at relief centers. >> people came out to help people. you can't put a price on that or buy that either. >> reporter: in places spared direct tragedy americans marked it with their own ways keeping those less fortunate in their thoughts. >> when people are suffering and going through hardship, many, many people come to offer their help in whatever they can do. >> reporter: across the nation,
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americans attended church services and spent time with family and friends. at the mitchell home outside chicago, even young members of the extended family said this christmas felt deficit. >> i just like being with my family. not presents, it's just family what matters to me. >> ho, ho, ho, let's go. >> reporter: a day for giving and giving thanks for what we have every day. john yang, nbc news, chicago. it was a very royal christmas where the queen marked the holiday in royal fashion but these are a few differences. >> reporter: queen elizabeth began her 60th christmas on the throne as she has every other at a morning church service with prince philip and other royals in tow. afterwards she greeted several hundreds who waited hours to see the royals at christmas but
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there were missing places at the christmas lunch table. prince harry out fighting in afghanistan and william and kate spent their day with their siblings in kate's hometown. a shocking breach of protocol? hardly. >> they want to do their own thing. the queen is kind of a xxi century queen and alouss laws t. >> reporter: so 21st century, she did it in 3d. it is queen elizabeth that led the phone age to social network ing and facebook and she's even a doodle on google. >> by the time she made her first televised christmas speech 55 years ago, she was a mark. >> for those it's possible to see me today, it's another example of the speed of which
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things are changing all around us. >> reporter: more than ever at christmas she remains a symbol of longevity and tradition as the windsors look forward to kate's first child and heir to the throne and next year's christmas reunion. nbc news, london. if you plan to head to the movie, you better make sure you have a little ex-tra time becaue many season's blockbusters are clocking in at almost three hours. a report from hollywood. >> reporter: they are ep ic productions, earning oscar buzz. >> shall we stop this bleeding? >> reporter: this year's blockbusters have something else in common. you better block out three hours if you want to see one. as we approach the end of the year, holl's heavyweights are posting hefty run times. spielberg's lincoln clocks in at 2 1/2 hourz.
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le lay miss her les mis is almost three hours. >> one word of advice, go to the toilet before the movie started. >> reporter: why try to hold the moviegoers attention so long. many say blame it on oscar. there's a feeling in hollywood the academy won't take a best picture contender seriously if it's under two hours. this time of year, studios are racing to release these epics before the oscar deadlines. >> any film that opens before christmas day are eligible for oscar. >> reporter: gone with the wind was almost four hours but including an intermission. >> frankly my dear, i don't give a damn. >> reporter: they don't seem to mind. >> if i'm involved in the
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subject matter, i'm all for it. >> reporter: experts say a record box office take of almost $11 millions this year, a sign supersized movies may be a long a very long time. sis she or isn't she? jessica simpson finally addressed weeks of rumors whether she is expecting a second child. the 32-year-old singer who gave birth to her daughter, maxwell just seven months ago found a playful way to let the cat out of the bag, she tweeted a photo of maxwell titled "big sis." simpson and her fiance, former nfl pro eric johnson have been engaged since 2010. a lot to watch today. a lot to watch today and yesterday and even into tomorrow. another threat of tornadoes down this time to the east of the carolinas today and looking at more snow starting to look into the great lakes region. we have really cold air,
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billings, montana, 1 degree and denver at zero. it feels like it is almost 10 below in some areas. chicago 20 degrees and precipitation in that area, cold enough for snow. all through southern illinois, indiana, ohio, northwestern pennsylvania and northwestern new york state, almost a foot of snow. and new york city and boston will move to all rain. down across the southeast today we see the same severe storms we saw yesterday, wind gusts of 50 miles an hour and it's a busy day. >> on your map i like miami and h honolulu in the 80s. "morning joe" is coming up at the top of the hour. she knows you like no one else.
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